Daughtry, Tim McGraw, Dane Cook headline Vegas concert to benefit
LAS VEGAS – Comedian Dane Cook, rock band Daughtry, and musicians Tim McGraw and Brian McKnight were headlining a benefit concert Saturday night at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel-casino to provide funding for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.
Agassi said this year’s first class of high school graduates from the public charter school he backs gives those who support the academy a reason to celebrate and justify their mission.
Carrie Underwood gets ‘Harmony’
Carrie Underwood is getting recognition, but this time it’s not from the Academy of Country Music or the Country Music Association ‘â€ not yet again anyway.
The country star will be the recipient of the 2009 Harmony Award for the Nashville Symphony’s annual Symphony Ball, 2009 chairwomen Mrs. James R. Dickson III (Dara) and Mrs. Samuel Bartow Strang IV (Perian) announced today.
The 2009 Symphony Ball will be Dec. 12 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. This is the 25th anniversary of the invitation-only fundraiser.
More Idol Headlines after the JUMP…
Music review: Taylor Hicks leads among Alabama Idol’ trio
Over time, it’s become clear: Taylor Hicks is the most dynamic, interesting and consistently entertaining member of Birmingham’s “American Idol” trio.
Perhaps it’s unfair to lump Hicks, 32, into a category with Ruben Studdard and Bo Bice, because their music styles are so different – soul-pop, R&B and Southern rock, respectively.
But all three are local guys who made their fame on the same TV reality series, and their successes happened within a span of just four years. There’s an inevitable urge to compare and contrast them, and frankly, Hicks always stands out.
Proctors spearheading epilepsy fundraiser in New York City
NEW YORK – Area natives Peter A. Proctor and Sheri E. RaglandProctor are spearheading a major fundraising campaign in New York City.
This event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7 at The National Track and Field Armory in New York City. Olympic hockey team goalie Chanda Gunn and New York Jets guard Alan Faneca will be honored as well as the fastest woman in the world, the late Florence Griffith Joyner, simply known around the world as “Flo Jo.” Her husband, Olympic gold medalist Alfrederick Joyner, will receive the award on her behalf.
Season three American Idol winner, Grammy nominated R&B singer and Broadway star Fantasia Barrino will perform as the gala guest star.
Macy Gray on DWTS: ‘I Thought We Did Really Good!’
Though her waltz didn’t wow and Macy Gray and partner Jonathan Roberts failed to make it to Week 2, the Grammy-winning singer still sees a sequined lining in the dark cloud of DWTS elimination. Gray spoke to PEOPLE about why she did Dancing, what she takes away from her experience and who she thinks is going to win Season 9’s mirror-ball trophy.
Review: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ opens eyes to art form
At a time when dance companies are struggling harder than ever to survive, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ has re-invented movement as entertainment, appealing to popular culture through a reality TV show format.
The popularity of the show was evident Friday night as a large and boisterous crowd came out to MGM Grand at Foxwoods to see the touring show of dancers from the TV series’ fifth season.
X Factor: Dirty tricks and diva performances as 200 Boot Camp contestants are cut down to 50
The pressure ramped up on X Factor tonight with contestants proving they’ll do ANYTHING to get through Boot Camp and into the final 24.
The trouble started when the 200 contestants – picked from more than 200, 000 applicants – were told by judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh that for their next audition they would have to team up with two other contestants and perform with them.
Irish twins John and Edward Grimes, 17, decided to sing with girl group Miss Fitz and solo singer Sian Paley. But tension overspilled after their performance of Apologise, with a tearful Sian accusing the twins of singing over her lines.
The X Factor: Boot Camp, day one
“I have a feeling this year that we may have the most talented set of people we’ve ever had on this show” said Simon, perched on the edge of the desk.
And, when he says that, you know that as sure as eggs is eggs, the bootcamping X-Factor hopefuls of Great Britain are going to go out of their way to prove him wrong. And they did – but after the first half of the boot camp round, 50 contenders remained in the race. But were they the right ones?
And what do we mean by right? Not in a moral or ethical way, of course: in an X Factor way. Which is one of the most elastic uses of the word known in the English language. Where ‘right’ means ‘the least out of tune person available or at least one with a heart-rending life story’